All your research… building and utilizing your network… and your patience… all paid off. You landed a new gig!
You’ve been in your new job or internship for a couple weeks, maybe a month, and have settled in. And you’ve come to a stomach-cramping conclusion: this job sucks.
The economy still sucks. Employers complain – often – that the skills gap (and now a soft skills gap) is getting deeper and wider. Clearly, students need more help than ever to successfully ascend into the workforce.
And yet very few students ever step foot in their on-campus career center…
A new batch of graduates will soon be pounding the pavement looking for work. Now that college is behind them, they know they are going to have to work their butts off.
Many of the new Millennials, on the other hand, are creating options for themselves. Despite everything we often hear to the contrary… those that have finally adapted, are those still under control.
Companies – from a start-up to the FTSE 100 or Fortune 500 – are now attempting to do more with fewer employees. They are expecting more from every team member.
The trouble is… many of those entering the workforce don’t know the rules to the game. They don’t know how they are being judged. They don’t know what is expected. They do NOT know what is considered normal learning curve issues – and what supervisors, mentors and employers will think of as intolerable newbie behavior.
Here then (knowing they all won’t apply at every company or in an every situation) are one “old fart’s” rules you’ll have to follow as you start your career in our new economy:
A job search can be long and difficult… and lonely. After a while, frustration sets in. At first, nothing but your dream job would be acceptable.
Now, maybe you’ve considered settling for something outside your ideal career path, joining the growing ranks of the “under-employed”. In the most frustrating situations, perhaps you’re included in the million-plus 18 to 24-year olds who have completely stopped their search for a full-time job. Maybe you’ll go back to school, or move back in with your parents.
Clearly, it’s time to take your job search to the next level…
At the risk of alienating every “live your dream!” angel out there… “Follow your passion!” SUCKS as career advice.
Do you know how many people who follow this mantra are unemployed or under-employed? Do you know how many passion-or-nothing disciples spend their days playing Call of Duty, and banging on social media with the #FML hashtag?
Too many. Way too many. Rather than “follow your passion” …here’s what interacting with young careerists who find meaningful work has taught me…